Sensory deprivation or perceptual isolation as defined by Wikipedia is the deliberate reduction or removal of stimuli from one or more of the senses. The term deprivation tends to bring negative associations to mind as it is a word that is mostly used to describe unwillingly going without something.
Sensory deprivation in a floatation tank is a pleasant experience undertaken willingly in order to relax, recover and reduce pain as well as uncover what thoughts may come when sensory input is reduced.
A floatation tank is a tank with high density salt water that is floated in at 34.5 degrees – the average person’s skin temperature. Ideally the tank is without light and almost sound proof. Noise reduction is generally complimented by the use of earplugs to limit noise distraction.
Floatation tanks were first used by John C. Lilly in 1954 to test the effects of sensory deprivation and thus were were originally called sensory deprivation tanks. Today other names include floatation tank, float tank, John C. Lilly tank, REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy) tank, and sensory attenuation tank. Modern tanks are now also used for meditation and relaxation as well as recovery from injury and chronic pain.
Aside from physical benefits of sensory deprivation therapy, modern advocates like Joe Rogan particularly stress the benefits for the mind; problem solving, creativity and growth.
As such the use of sensory deprivation tanks to achieve a higher level of self awareness has increased in popularity and floating is slowly becoming a more mainstream activity for relaxation and spiritual growth.
At it’s core sensory deprivation, is about taking time out, unplugging from phones and distractions and like meditation; experiencing the present moment or what is often referred to as mindfulness. What is unique to floating is that getting to that contemplative, meditative or theta state is aided by the fact that the relaxation therapy is being undertaken in a state of weightlessness.
Sensory deprivation need not be a term that is feared. At float.life we have lights that may be left on or switched off, a lid that may be left open or pulled closed and music volume control that allows the experience to be completely customised to whatever level of sensory deprivation each individual is comfortable with.
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